Who Pays for Mediation Costs?

When a couple cannot agree on the terms of their divorce, they can either go through the traditional means of litigating their divorce or opt for the alternative dispute resolution method of mediation. The purpose of divorce mediation is to find collaborative solutions to outstanding issues that will lead to an amicable agreement in the divorce settlement. There are many benefits to utilizing mediation in a Virginia Read More

What is Mediation and How Much Does Court Ordered Mediation Cost?

One of the modern and growing trends in divorce negotiation is the use of mediation in place of traditional litigation. Some couples are opting to try mediation first before traditional court-ordered hearings, while in other situations, the court is ordering couples to try mediation before allowing court divorce hearings. If the court is ordering mediation, it is important to understand how the process works and Read More

Does Incarceration Affect a Parent’s Child Support Obligations?

Paying child support is a court ordered responsibility, and if the noncustodial parent is incarcerated, this does not erase the obligation to pay for his or her children’s needs. Parents are expected to pay child support regardless of their personal situation, but the circumstances of the incarceration can have an affect on a parent’s child support obligations. In many cases, the noncustodial parent who is Read More

What to do About Custody, Visitation, Property, and Other Issues While the Divorce is Proceeding

Filing for divorce can be a lengthy process in Virginia, even if the spouses agree to a no-fault divorce. Sometimes, divorce cases can drag on through the court system for years, but in many cases there are real issues that need to be resolved immediately while the case is going through the courts. Virginia law allows for a family law court to issue “pendente lite” orders to address immediate needs of custody, Read More

The Benefits of Divorce Mediation in Virginia

One of the most popular trends in divorce negotiation is avoiding the contentious litigation in court and instead choosing to settle differences through mediation. There are many benefits to choosing divorce mediation in Virginia instead of traditional divorce proceedings if both spouses are prepared to enter into divorce negotiations with a collaborative, instead of litigious, mindset. A local Virginia divorce Read More

What to Expect from a Military Divorce in Virginia

Divorce is often a complex and stressful time in a person’s life, but when one or both spouses are in the military, the process becomes even more complicated given the state and federal laws that grant certain protections to service members who are active in the military. If you are considering a military divorce in Virginia, it is critical that you understand how these laws may impact your Read More

What Happens to Student Loan Debt in a Virginia Divorce?

During a Virginia divorce, both the assets and debts of the spouses are totaled and split. This can include student loan debt, which many people in Virginia have incurred and are still paying off when their divorce is initiated. What happens to that student loan debt in the division of assets and debts during a divorce? Who is responsible for the payments? Like most other states, it depends on the situation of the Read More

Why You Should Still Hire an Attorney if You are Getting an Uncontested Divorce

Despite the name, many issues can still arise during an uncontested divorce. While many people believe that they do not need a lawyer for an uncontested divorce, there are many reasons why having a lawyer by your side in an uncontested divorce may benefit your divorce proceedings. Call or contact a family law attorney in your area to discuss how having a lawyer during an uncontested divorce could help Read More

Can You Regain Gun Ownership Privileges After a Virginia Felony Gun Conviction?

If you are convicted of a felony offense at the state or federal level, you automatically lose the right to have a firearm in the United States. However, there are legal paths to restoring your gun ownership privileges in Virginia following a felony conviction. In order to restore your gun rights, you must petition the state court through a series of complex legal steps. A Virginia attorney with experience in Read More

How to Create a Workable Holiday Schedule with Your Ex

When parents get divorced, part of the divorce agreement is the custody and visitation schedule for the children. However, a standard custody and visitation agreement may not fully meet both parents’ and children’s needs during the holidays. As a parent, you have options to create a workable holiday schedule with your ex in order to make this time of the year as enjoyable as possible for everyone Read More